Where to Eat and Drink on Father's Day 2023

Updated 3 months ago


There's no ideal way to celebrate Father’s Day. Your Dad could be a stereotypical steak-loving bloke, or a vegetarian. He could be a wine connoisseur or a guy who likes nothing better than to put away three schooners at lunch. Whatever kind of Dad you have, Father's Day is uncomfortably close (Sunday September 3), which means it's time to get booking.

We've assembled a diverse list of bookable venues, with a good mix of hot new openings and classic Sydney spots. Stick to the top if you're keen to splash out and make your Dad feel special. Look further down if you're after a more relaxed, communal environment, such as a pizzeria, neighbourhood bistro or pub.

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  • There are no excuses for not having eaten at this South American-inspired diner at least once in your life. But if you do need one, chef-owners Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate are pulling out all the stops with a special Father’s Day lunch menu featuring their favourite Porteno dishes for $140 a head.

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  • One of our favourite openings of the year so far, this elegant brasserie is the splash-out option if you really want to spoil Dad. The steak menu is getting a few extra-special Wagyu options for the day, and there’ll be a kid’s menu on offer, too.

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  • If your Dad loves the finer things in life, look no further than Merivale’s grand seaside diner. Celebrate the man with a refined, Med-style menu by executive chef Jordan Toft, featuring premium produce fired on the Josper grill.

  • Josh and Julie Niland’s spacious lower north shore diner is a great way to experience St Peter’s groundbreaking fin-to-scale philosophy in a more casual setting. What’s more, it puts on a Sunday roast like no other.

  • A fancy roast on Father’s Day – it’s a no-brainer. Bondi’s beachfront gem is serving up Wagyu roast, woodfired desserts and seafood platters alongside its à la carte menu. Snag one of Promenade’s private dining options and make the day really special.

  • This sumptuous new CBD diner was designed with celebrations in mind. And for Father’s Day it’s teaming up with legendary distillery Laphroaig for a whisky tasting. And after a few drams, Dad gets treated to a matching lunch feast inspired by peat, salt and fire.

  • Dan Hong’s jazzy CBD diner is the city’s gold standard for modern Cantonese food. And with two spacious levels, around 80 dishes and multiple set-menu options, it’ll set the standard very high for Father’s Day next year.

  • One of Sydney’s Italian dining gems is mixing up $10 Negronis all day, and $15 glasses of champagne from 5pm–6.30pm. So whether you’re here for an elegant lunch or dinner, Dad’s extra cocktail or bubbles won’t hurt your wallet.

  • There’s something happening in every corner of this gorgeous Sydney institution on Father’s Day. Do a breakfast spread in the bistro ($55), a pan-Asian feast at Betel Leaf ($89), or an elegant lunch in the restaurant ($149).

  • Saké's northern beaches outpost takes advantage of its waterfront position with a huge terrace upon which to eat sushi and robata-grilled meats while looking out onto the bay. This one’s got some excellent group dining options, too.

  • Father’s Day or not, this nostalgic steakhouse is perfect for long Sunday lunches. It’s elegant but not stuffy, with a Mediterranean-inspired menu powered by a woodfired grill. Also – it’s huge. Plenty of room for your crew here.

  • Bistro Manly is putting on a three-course French feast so you don’t have to. Highlights include barbequed Yamba prawns, crispy-skin barramundi and Toblerone panna cotta. This one’s reasonable – it’ll set you back $86. Those shoreline views are free.

  • Dad, dumplings and Sydney Harbour – is there a more iconic trio? Hit Lotus for a special banquet, which comes with a free Young Henrys beer to go with those sparkling water views.

  • Sydney’s original brewpub has been doing its thing since 1841 – and it’s a beautiful old spot to raise a pint to Dad. The mod-Oz restaurant upstairs is also worth a look in, with a produce-driven menu and an award-winning wine list.

  • Cherrywood-smoked pork ribs or coal-roasted king prawns? That is the question if you take Dad to the Ducks on Father’s Day. This all-day favourite is running specials from breakfast till dinner, and since you’re celebrating, you may as well order the lot.

  • A trip to this seaside boozer gets Dad more than just a solid feed on Father’s Day. Book in at the Cali-inspired restaurant, Balsa, and there’ll be a free gift from swimwear brand Budgy Smugglers waiting.

  • Nothing says “I love you, Dad” like a Yorkshire pudding as big as his face. This Surry Hills all-rounder serves one filled with the roast of the week along with all the trimmings. There’ll also be musos playing live tunes from 5pm.

  • Sydney’s most legit speak-easy is hosting an event for “dads of great discernment”. A ticket involves a cocktail on arrival, a guided whisky tasting, beer pairings and rare drams from the Diageo Distillers range. And of course, bottomless bowls of pretzels.

  • Whether you’re doing pizza and pasta at Double Bay or Matteo’s downtown sibling, Dad gets a complimentary schooner of Italian suds to celebrate the day. It's true – Italians do it better.

  • This old boozer copped a beautiful makeover this year. Experience the new kitchen on Dad’s big day, with $30 Asian-style sticky pork ribs with chips and $9 Furphy pints all day long.

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  • Akasha Brewing Company's stylish inner-west bar ticks a lot of boxes. If Dad is a beer guy, this place has brews you won’t find at the Five Dock HQ. The woodfired pizzas and wine bar atmosphere will bring the special occasion vibes.

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  • This great-grandfather pub is a fitting spot for Father’s Day. It’s jazzed up the Sunday roast with Wagyu beef, plus there’s a kid’s menu to keep the little ones happy. Book the bistro upstairs or take in some live jazz by the fireplace.

  • Bella Brutta can do no wrong in the pizza department – we love it all, and we think Dad will too. The set menu covers all the hits. Pace yourself, though – the team will ply you with bread, plates of anchovies and snacks before the first pizza even hits the table.

  • Dad will love this one – Sydney’s most photogenic brewpub also packs in an Australian-Chinese restaurant like the ones he’d take you to on those family road trips. Hawke’s has your gifting covered too, with plenty of handsome Father’s Day swag.

  • We love this heritage pub on a cracking Sydney day. Tucked down the quiet end of Millers Point, it still feels like a little inner-city secret – with postcard-worthy views of the harbour and a menu of gastropub hits. Fingers crossed September 3 is a sunny one.

  • A booking at this northern beaches brewery is the hot tip if you’re coming with a crew. Dad will thank you for it – the place packs out, and you certainly won’t find these beers in a bottle shop. You’ll also find a serious menu of burgers, tacos and more.